|Bonnie Raitt — Dig in Deep (Feb. 26, 2016)|
Bonnie Raitt — Dig in Deep (Feb. 26, 2016) ≡•≡ Blues–rock slide guitarist with a bewitching, heartfelt voice who built a cult following in the ‘70s, then exploded to pop stardom in the ‘80s.
≡•≡ Raitt has received 10 Grammy Awards (1990: 4x, 1992: 3x, 1995, 1997, 2013). ≡•≡ Certifications: 14x Muti–platinum, 9x Platinum, 5x Gold. She is listed as number #50 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number #89 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. © 1970's Publicity shot. Bonnie Raitt @ Austin City Limits May 16,2002. Camera ID :N/ACamera :NIKON D1X Quality mode :FINE Metering mode :Spot Exposure mode :Manual Speed light :No Focal length :200 mm Shutter. Speed :1/100second Aperture :F2.8 Exposure compensation :0 EV White Balance :Incandescent Lens :80 - 200 mm F 2.8 Flash sync mode :N/A Exposure difference :-1.4 EV Flexible program :NoSensitivity :ISO800Sharpening Birth name: Bonnie Lynn Raitt
Born: November 8, 1949, Burbank, California, United States
Notable instruments: Fender Stratocaster
Album release: Feb. 26, 2016
Record Label: Redwing
01 Unintended Consequence of Love 4:49
02 I Need You Tonight 3:20
03 I Knew 4:00
04 All Alone with Something to Say 3:12
05 What You’re Doin’ to Me 4:53
06 Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes 4:50
07 Undone 4:13
08 If You Need Somebody 5:11
09 Gypsy in Me 4:09
10 The Comin’ Round Is Going Through 5:29
11 You’ve Changed My Mind 4:09
12 The Ones We Couldn’t Be 4:14Reviewed by Tim Holmes; Score: *****
♣ What do you do if you’ve already got 19 albums to your name, won multiple Grammys, been inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame and just completed your best tour in years? If you’re Bonnie Raitt you get right back in the studio and make the 20th album.
♣ Dig In Deep covers all the bases that Bonnie has made her own — blues, R&B, funk and laidback rock. The spirit of Little Feat is evident in several of the songs here, Bonnie channeling Lowell George by way of her own distinct sensibility. Others showcase her ability to play just the right solo at the right moment — coming 89th in Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists poll is a significant achievement, but on this evidence she should have been placed higher.
♣ Backed by her touring band, all of the material here is locked down tight whether it’s the politically charged rock of The Comin’ Round Is Going Through or the thoughtful ballad All Alone With Something To Say. The material is a mix of self–penned and contributed originals with two great covers — Bonnie’s smoky take of the INXS funker Need You Tonight and a rollicking version of Los Lobos’s Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes. Another Grammy on the way? That would almost certainly seem to be the case.
JEWLY HIGHT, Published February 17, 201611:00 PM ET
♣ A few years back, both Adele and Bon Iver invoked Bonnie Raitt’s adult–pop sophistication with their wistful covers of Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” a ballad she’d made famous at her early–’90s commercial peak. It was a reminder of the influence that Raitt’s full–grown insight has exerted on many serious songwriters and interpreters who’ve come along after her. Still, teasing out the emotional nuances in the stories she’s chosen to tell is only one of the ways she’s displayed depth over the course of her four–and–a–half–decade career.
♣ What Raitt has done on her 20th album is go deep in the pocket, leaning on her gifts as a sensitive bandleader, bottleneck guitarist and producer, not to mention a paragon of modern blues expression. In interviews about Dig In Deep, she’s spoken of shaping this dozen–song set not around concept so much as feel — of going after the grooves that she’d wanted to perform night after night. While there are some very fine ballads of regret in the mix — like the gracefully resigned, keyboard–padded “Undone” and “The Ones We Couldn’t Be” — it turns out that she was really in the mood to plunge into meaty blues, R&B and rock ’n’ roll with her longtime road band.
♣ A couple of ’80s rock tunes made the cut because Raitt heard in them the potential for sensual play. She and her bandmates amped up the already frenetic boogie of Los Lobos’ “Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes”; twice, she and her guitar foil George Marinelli swap unhinged solos, weaving her signature incandescent tone around his serrated attack. Covering INXS’s "Need You Tonight” was an excuse to goose the song’s angular dance–rock with a muscled–up rhythm section. And you can tell that Raitt relishes those fleeting moments when the entire band drops out, leaving her to vocalize with teasingly seductive intimacy. Her salty–sweet singing is a touch more hoarse than it once was, but she embraces the grit, making shrewd use of its lived–in physicality.
♣ Several of the originals showcase the group’s musical repartee: The strapping shuffle of “What You’re Doin’ To Me” and the chugging propulsion of “The Comin’ Round Is Going Through” give her sauntering delivery something solid to push against, and the sleek syncopation of “If You Need Somebody” hugs her sly vocal phrasing. In “Unintended Consequence Of Love,” drummer Ricky Fataar and bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson embellish their robust groove with funky anticipation and frisky, swinging ghost notes while Raitt coaxes a lover into rekindling erotic desire. “Let’s dig in deep and get out of this rut,” she sings. “We’ll get back to what brought us both together, baby, and find a way to resurrect our strut.”
♣ Raitt’s approach to music–making set the tone for performances that have every bit as much to say about the importance of sharing in pleasure and being in sync as the lyrics do. Her responsiveness to her fellow musicians, and theirs to her, provides a lesson in how good it can feel to figure out how you fit together. For her, musical and emotional intelligence are inextricably intertwined. ♣ http://www.npr.org/
BY JON BLISTEIN October 21, 2015
♣ 1971: Bonnie Raitt
♣ 1972: Give It Up
♣ 1973: Takin’ My Time
♣ 1974: Streetlights
♣ 1975: Home Plate
♣ 1977: Sweet Forgiveness
♣ 1979: The Glow
♣ 1982: Green Light
♣ 1986: Nine Lives
♣ 1989: Nick of Time
♣ 1991: Luck of the Draw
♣ 1994: Longing in Their Hearts
♣ 1995: Road Tested
♣ 1998: Fundamental
♣ 2002: Silver Lining
♣ 2005: Souls Alike
♣ 2006: Decades Rock Live: Bonnie Raitt and Friends
♣ 2012: Slipstream
♣ 2016: Dig in Deep
♣ xxxx: Someone to Talk Capitol
♣ Raitt’s principal touring guitar is a customized Fender Stratocaster which became the basis for a signature model in 1996.
♣ “My brown Strat—the body is a ‘65 and the neck is from some time after that. It’s kind of a hybrid that I got for $120 at 3 o’ clock in the morning in 1969. It’s the one without the paint, and I’ve used that for every gig since 1969.”_____________________________________________________________
|Bonnie Raitt — Dig in Deep (Feb. 26, 2016)|